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It's Time to Review
It is amazing to see the changes that are occurring in the acupuncture profession. Let's look at some of the news and events that have contributed to this growth and awareness.
The Modern Application of Ancient Mei Rong
Chinese Medical Cosmetology (Mei Rong) has a well-documented and venerated history dating back to the Qin (221-206 BC) Dynasty.
Too Many to Remember: Tips to Revive Your Ortho / Neuro Test Skills
When I was at Palmer in the mid-1980s, we were given a set of notes in one of our diagnostic courses. The notes covered approximately 70 orthopedic and neurological tests for various regions of the body.
Footsteps of the Sages: An Apprenticeship with Dr. Kezhan Zhang
When I met Dr. Kezhen Zhang in May 2013, I was his translator and the integrity, creativity, and passion he demonstrated as a practitioner and advocate of the medicine convinced me to travel to Beijing to study with him.
Mechanism: Experimental Approaches to Understanding Acupuncture, Part 1
The clinical benefits of acupuncture are difficult to ignore, but also can be difficult to explain to a Western audience. For nearly 50 years, relentlessly inquisitive scientists and physicians have been working toward a conceptual model to explain acupuncture.
Diagnose Sprain Injuries in MVA Cases With Dynamic X-Rays (Pt. 1)
Am I the only person to notice hospitals are doing a seemingly insufficient job lately in their initial radiological workup of motor vehicle accident (MVA) victims?
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update
K.M. Di Sebastiano and M. Mourtzakis published a review paper examining the role of dietary fat on prostate cancer development and progression late last year that does a stellar job of summarizing the available data on fat and prostate cancer.
North Carolina Acupuncture Board Files Dry Needling Lawsuit
In early September, the NCALB filed a complaint against the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners over the issue of dry needling, a form of acupuncture that uses solid needles to puncture the skin and muscle tissue to relieve pain.
Chinese Herbs and Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Case Study
"Mary M."* recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Even the former sheriff dropped by to kiss the hand of this diminutive retired teacher, to honor the years she interpreted for him during interviews with Latinas and Latinos.
Syncretism: Acupuncture and Public Health in Cuba
"Syncretism" is defined as a union of diverse tenets or practices. On a recent trip to Cuba designed to demonstrate the integration of Traditional Medicine and biomedicine, our group witnessed this union firsthand.
Your Billing Questions Answered
I hear a lot of the following questions: I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot have different fees for the same service.
Making Sense of an Increasingly Obvious Conclusion
Where's U.S. health care heading? Like it or not, the list of telltale signs is growing to a point that stands out to even the most myopic observer. Consider this list of facts as you look into the future of health care in the United States:
Pro-Con: Swaddling for Newborns
The practice of swaddling has been used for thousands of years and was popular until the 1700s, when it was slowly abandoned by many cultures that considered it old-fashioned or barbaric.
Omega-3 Fish Oil: An Underappreciated Element of Men's Health
As a clinician with many male patients -- and as a man myself -- I am all too aware of the fact that we like to convince ourselves that we are doing great, when that may be the farthest thing from the truth.
Which Way is the Energy Going? Are You Burning Yourself Out?
One of the simple methods that I use to define Yin/Yang theory to patients is to ask the question, "Which way is your energy going?"
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 1)
It doesn't matter if you come to my practice for pain relief, weight loss, healthy aging or something else. The formula I talk about for each patient's fitness strategy is pretty much the same.
One Size Does Not Fit All: Exercise and Nutrition According to Your Yin/Yang Body Type
There are countless new exercise and nutrition plans out there, emphasizing the latest ground-breaking research and claiming to revolutionize the way we view health.
F4CP Making a High-Impact Impression
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released details of its 2016 strategy, certain elements of which are already in play. The strategy includes ads, posters and other resources available to all F4CP members.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 2
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
The Concussion-Subluxation Complex
In the Aug. 1, 2014 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic, I reviewed some of the literature demonstrating the role of the chiropractic adjustment in post-concussive care.
Targeting the Bad Apples in the Bunch
While everyone was focused on the conversion to ICD-10, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services released a new report on chiropractic titled "CMS Should Use Targeted Tactics to Curb Questionable and Inappropriate Payments for Chiropractic Services."
Born to Energize the Human Spirit: Recollections of Sig Miller
Sig Miller, longtime executive director of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC), passed away on Sept. 17 after a long battle with cancer.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the West
We know acupuncture and Oriental medicine as the indigenous medicine of East Asia; in particular China, Korea and Japan are the countries of origin of this wonderful healing system.
Tailor-Made Knee Pain: The Sartorius Muscle
A patient was referred to my office after receiving treatment from various providers with no results. The patient was training for the Olympics as a marathon runner and was unable to run or walk without severe medial knee pain.
April, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 04
How Do You Respond to Those "Game Changer" Moments?
By Angie Patrick
If you were around when JFK was shot, no doubt you can share exactly where you were at that moment in time. In the sudden loss of a bright leader, poised to change the face of a nation, you felt the loss when he was taken from us too soon.Perhaps you were of the Elvis era, the same holds true; a powerful and influential person was lost and you felt emotion for someone you did not personally know. Consider the Twin Towers, and how it will forever be etched in the minds of every living soul within earshot of a television or radio. The symbol for U.S. trade and American freedom, these images will remain emblazoned in our memories as being pivotal times that changed who we were, who we thought we were, and helped shaped who we were to become.
I call these moments "Game Changers." And while the examples above are truly bigger than life, and experiences shared my millions, "Game Changers" happen every day on a far smaller scale. An event may be singular, impacting and influencing only you, or it may happen to an affiliated group of people sharing a commonality, be it religious, philosophical, personal or professional. And when these game changers occur, you will never forget where you were and how you felt when they happened.
I recently decided to posit a question on Facebook, and asked my friends to share with me their "Game Changer" moment. I am not sure what I was expecting, but I can tell you it was certainly not what I received. In the responses, the emotions ran the gamut from elation and adoration to apathy and abhorrence. The bare honesty behind the words was what struck me most. People unabashedly shared some of their most private and life altering moments in a somewhat public forum without hesitation. Moments that changed their definitions of themselves and the world they live in forever and in an instant moved them to be different. The stories were remarkable, and I invite you to my page to share in them.
As a community, what will our "Game Changer" be? What will it take to mobilize us, the integrative health care providers who have been sidelined by society and the medical profession? In a world where a cessation of a symptom as a direct result of medication equates to cure, despite the many unsavory side effects the medication has in its carry-on luggage, I really do not mind being considered the alternative to this. However, I must say, I much prefer to be considered a naturalized health care provider. To me, this moniker speaks to the body's natural affinity and ability to help cure itself when provided the proper nutrition, activity, rest and care.
It is no secret health care costs are on the rise. Ideas about health care reforms sit to the left and to the right of the aisle. Even if you are fortunate enough to have coverage and are insured, your out of pocket annually can exceed tens of thousands of dollars for a family of four, and the average cost for a doctor's visit exceeds $150.00. This expense and time-suck sitting in a waiting room for hours to be given approximately three to four actual minutes of conversation discussing your symptoms and how they can be relieved, and then feeling a false sense of wellness as you are receiving your prescription for a drug to help stop that nagging sensation of your body trying to tell you of a larger issue is at a cost we do not even fully realize as yet.
What has to happen before society experiences the game changer and awakens to the notion that drugs to mask an issue and the litany of even more potentially dangerous side effects are not always the answer. I heard someone recently refer to mainstream medicine as "sick care" and what the alternative health care providers do is provide "well care." For me, this was a game changer call, because it rang true with me. And I made changes then and there to create my own path to "well care."
I know my family needs health insurance. Many of you know my circumstance and understand why it is crucial to my family. Medicine does have its miraculous outcomes and my family is the beneficiary of some of these breakthroughs. However, as thankful as I am for these, I can also see where in my own personal health care, medicating the symptom rather than treating the disease has cost me precious time, health and peace of mind. I think this message is one many families across the U.S. can identify with and internalize as speaking to their circumstance as well.
As with everything, there must be balance. There must be integration of health care to not only preserve, but create health. There needs to be a broader understanding that a pill does not cure everything and occasionally, the cost for masking a symptom costs far more than you can imagine. We have to do our part to maintain this miraculous machine we are given to drive and its upkeep is our responsibility. I have been guilty of failing mine, and I have made myself and my family a pledge to better preserve my health by listening to the symptoms and work to find the root cause; not pop a pill and go about my day thinking I am now well, albeit a bit less sharp than I was before.
This is my game changer moment as it pertains to my personal physical being, as well as my career within the health and wellness field. I do not advocate the immediate cessation of all drugs and medicine as we know it. That is not only ludicrous, it is ill advised. What I am advocating is a balance and a broader introduction in mainstream society to the benefits of well care in the forms of massage, chiropractic, acupuncture, Chinese medicine, exercise, diet, movement and adequate rest. If we can find the balance, the place where taking the time and making the investment to preserve your health rather than wait until it leaves you to take action, we can begin to take back control of our lives, our health care costs, our longevity and our vitality.
I am not proposing any political bandwagon, nor am I advocating any public demonstrations. I don't want to Occupy Wall Street, or any other momentary flash in the pan action that had its fifteen minutes of fame. What I envision is greater than that. It is a change of public perspective, and a bit of a crusade. Sharing the benefits of what you do with every person you meet is a place to start. Study the research as it pertains to your work and educate your clients with the outcomes. Tell them why you are doing what you are doing and how it can facilitate positive change within their body. Give them reference points during your care that you can look back upon and see a clear path of improvement. Refer your clients to other facets of the well care gem and encourage them to try adjunct therapies that may enhance your own. Introduce them to the idea of well care, and suggest they share it with their friends. The end game is that of a healthier society, fewer pharma megaliths, a greater awareness and responsibility for our own bodies, and a balance and understanding between the needs for well care and sick care.
It is a swell of understanding that can be a game changer for many, one person at a time.
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